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Getting rid of (uninstalling) AOL through the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel may still leave some of AOL's settings in your Registry. These leftover settings can create connection problems when you try to use a new Internet Service Provider.

To eliminate them you'll also need to uninstall and reinstall DialUp Networking and any remaining AOL adapters.

Uninstalling AOL:
- Click the Start button, select Settings and then Control Panel.
- Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon, locate and click on AOL, and then click the Add/Remove button.
- When your system is finished removing AOL, click OK to close the window (allow the computer to restart).

Removing AOL adapters:
- Click the Start button, select Settings and then Control Panel.
- Double-click the Network icon and remove any AOL adapters listed there.
- When your system is finished removing the AOL adapters, click OK to close the window (allow the computer to restart).

Uninstalling DialUp Networking:
- Click the Start button, select Settings and then Control Panel.
- Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon, select the Windows Setup tab (at the top of the dialog box) and then double-click "Communications" and remove the checkmark next to DialUp Networking.
- When your system is finished removing the DialUp Networking, click OK to close the window (allow the computer to restart).

Reinstalling DialUp Networking:
- Click the Start button, select Settings and then Control Panel.
- Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon, select the Windows Setup tab and then double-click "Communications" and click to place a checkmark next to DialUp Networking.
- Click OK to close the window (allow the computer to restart).

Don’t forget to write down your AOL username and password before uninstalling AOL! You may need it for billing purposes or to access your AOL e-mail through AOL's
Web site.

I would then get a reg cleaner like RegSeeker to do some of the cleaning.
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/regseeker.html

Also if using XP, creat a restore point before making any changes. I would also make a backup to be safe.
It should also be safe to use regedit to remove/delete any entry of AOL.
 
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